Stock Spirits has acquired Slovak spirits company Imperator

Stock Spirits has acquired Slovak spirits company Imperator

Stock Spirits Group has announced the aquisition of Slovak spirits company Imperator and ethanol manufacturing business Novel Ferm, both for undisclosed sums.

The Luxembourg-headquartered group said today (17 December) that the Imperator deal will move it into the number two position in the Slovak spirits business. The move will bring “clear market leadership in the herbal bitters category and a very strong number two position in both fruit distillates and vodka”, the company added. 

Chris Heath, Stock's CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have acquired Imperator as we continue to expand our brand portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe. 

“We are confident that the combination of our existing brands in Stock Slovakia together with the Imperator brands will give us both the scale and coverage to help grow in the market in the future.” 

On the acquisition of Novel Ferm, Stock said the company has a production capacity of 20m litres of ethanol per year. “Its output will be used to supply Stock manufacturing plants in Poland and the Czech Republic, focusing in particular on premium quality products,” the firm said.